UWE Bristol - MA/MFA Curating

UWE Bristol

MA/MFA Curating

Every student is placed within one of our partner institutions alongside a curator who will mentor the student through the year. Our industry partners are all renowned creative and cultural organisations.
This well-connected degree is for those wishing to explore curating and develop curatorial skills in one or more of the following areas: fine art, digital media, film, festivals and social history.

Why study this course?

You will study alongside an intentionally small and supportive group of students with backgrounds in areas including fine art, sculpture, art history, architecture, 3D design, film studies and history, sharing practice and ideas and providing opportunities to work creatively and collaboratively on group projects. 
Our students value and thrive in a highly professional and creative learning environment led by experienced tutors in a lively and dynamic city with active and engaging cultural communities. 
Curating is based on Bristol's historic waterfront at Arnolfini. Situated above this internationally renowned centre for contemporary art you will be at the heart of Bristol's creative and cultural community, with access to UWE Bristol's City Campus and all it has to offer. Have a look at our UWE Curating blog to find out more.

Entry Requirements

  • All International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component 
  • We are looking for highly motivated, creative students with some prior experience in curating or a related area. Usually, applicants will have an undergraduate degree in the arts or humanities but those with other academic qualifications or relevant professional experience are also encouraged to apply. Work experience in the arts/museums/galleries sectors is desirable.

Career Prospects

MA Curating graduates have gone on to work in a range of professions in areas of social history, fine art, museum curating and film programming in various arts, culture and heritage-related organisations. There are also curating and programming opportunities at film festivals both nationally and internationally and options to teach or progress to further PhD study.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Course Details

The course is made up of five modules taught over three semesters (January - December):

  • Curatorial Histories

You will research the history of your mentored institution and demonstrate a critical understanding of that institution and its historical and contemporary significance within the wider cultural environment. You will familiarise yourself with the contemporary curatorial scene, enabling you to make sense of the structures and practices that underpin it.

  • Developing Practice and Audiences

You will put theoretical understanding of audiences and market into practice through a group project. This project requires you to map historical contexts and contemporary curatorial practices, both generally and in relation to the institutions and audiences with which you are working.

  • Curatorial Practices

This module introduces you to different forms of curatorial practice and philosophies of curating. Exploring and evaluating multidisciplinary practice within a professional context and building on the


Curatorial Histories


module in semester one. In this module you will examine curatorial practices in museums, galleries, cinema, festivals, biennials, science centres and heritage sites.

  • Curating and Project Management

The emphasis is on situating your project firmly within the contemporary curatorial scene, and in relation to cultural, policy issues and comparable practices happening simultaneously. You will be encouraged to use a wide range of methods to identify and document contemporary developments. Methods include interviewing, participant observation, visiting similar events, and communicating with others involved in similar cultural developments in the UK and internationally.

  • Final Project: Curating (MA) or Final Project: Curating (MFA)

You will work on either your Final Project: Curating (MA) or Final Project: Curating (MFA). For the MA, there will be a curatorial project (60%) and an evaluative document (40%) and for the MFA the project will account for 40% of the mark and the other 60% will be for a dissertation.

These modules involve the production of, and reflection on, a major piece of curatorial work, usually produced in collaboration with a partner institution. You will be expected to work independently and document your on-going practice and reflections with support from academic and partner mentors.

Learning and Teaching

You are taught through a series of lectures, seminars, practical workshops, master classes and projects. Guest speakers and study visits enhance learning and provide valuable industry insight.

This course aims to:

  • Equip students with specific curatorial skills valued by the contemporary curatorial sector by offering a mix of practical work experience and in depth engagement with ideas and theories pertinent to contemporary curating.
  • Equip students with the ability to develop innovative techniques for engaging audiences with contemporary curatorial practice.
  • Provide a creative and ambitious pedagogic structure that enables students from a wide range of undergraduate and professional backgrounds to develop and extend their curatorial skills and working methodologies.
  • Support and promote the development of live and collaborative work through a range of Faculty, external and student led projects.
  • Equip students with the skills necessary to undertake sustained, independent, innovative and interdisciplinary research.
  • Produce a new generation of curators who are equipped to work in creative and flexible ways.

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